Friday, August 17, 2012

FlightGear Version 2.8.0 Released

Open source flight simulator FlightGear version 2.8.0 has been released. Details at the FlightGear Website.

AI Traffic:
- Improved aircraft models and textures.
Flight dynamics:
- FlightGear has been synced with the JSBSim project.
- Region-specific terrain textures are used for Europe and Hawaii. Now towns in Europe look different from towns in the USA.
- Cities and towns now look more populated due to random 3D buildings, complete with lighting at night.
- Scenery looks more realistic due to improved placement of random objects, buildings and trees.
- Airport signs are now rendered in 3D, with support for double-sided signs. Full apt.dat 850 syntax is supported.
- You can now select between summer and winter scenery in-sim.
Instruments & HUDs:
- A new flexible, 2D rendering system designed for complex instruments such as CDUs, MFDs, EICAS, HUDs and other glass cockpit interfaces. 
- Canvas allows aircraft designers to easily build complex instruments without needing specialized C++ code.
- Support for translation of the main menu into languages other than English.
- A Nasal API is available allowing access to Navigation and route-manager data.
Highlighted new and improved aircraft:
- Airwave Xtreme 150: complete new (JSBSim) flight dynamics, new model, advanced pilot animations.
- Cessna 337G Skymaster
Project infrastructure:
- Various improvements to our scenery database make it easier than ever to add, delete or update objects to the FlightGear world.
- The new aircraft download page allows you to easily find quality aircraft, by filtering on status indications.
Visual effects:
- Improved simulation of atmospheric light scattering with terrain haze.
- An experimental renderer, named after the famous painter Rembrandt, is included for testing purposes.
-- Rembrandt rendered supports multiple light sources, real-time shadows and ambient occlusion across aircraft and scenery.
- Additional joysticks and rudder pedals are supported out-of-the-box:
-- InterLink Elite
-- Micorosft Xbox 360 Controller
-- Qware USB
-- Saitek Cyborg X (F.L.Y. 5)
-- Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Yoke
-- Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Trim Wheel
-- Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals
-- Speedlink Defender
- A French partial translation of The FlightGear Manual is now available.

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